Thank you. Thank you asking my SIL, Wendy, and I to accompany you to yesterday morning's event. The Welcome Home for HMAS Newcastle was something that I have been looking forward to for some time. Not having any military connections, and not meeting more than a couple of recipients of my quilt tops, I was looking forward to the experience.
I did not care one jot.
So on with the photos....
Mrs Andrea MacNamara,wife of the Captain, and one of their sons, with Mrs and Commodore Phil Spedding, one of Caroline's recipients. Caroline you will be pleased to know that your quilt lives on the spare bed at home.
Here she comes, right on time...
This lovely fellow received a quilt when he was on HMAS Darwin and he stepped out of the crowd when he saw me going past to say hello and thank you for the quilt and bag he received. You see people, time passes but more and more I am finding that the appreciation of our quilts and laundry bags does not.
The Ship's Warrant Officer (one of your recipients, Anna and Kitty) was more than happy to stop for a photo
As was the captain, Commander Dominnic MacNamara and his family.
Now for the rest of the photos I will name the quilter and the person who made the laundry bag in that order. Hope that works for you. The names ABOVE the photo will be the relevant ones.
Michelle Mck and Joan
Skye C and Jean B
Marie B and Helen P
Cheri and Jill S
Kay C and Joan
Marilyn S and Cheryl DP
Kaitlin P and Jackie J (on the LHS) and Jill S and Joan
Yvette and Joan.
(this for gorgeous fellow's mum is one of our quilters and she was there today.
So sorry to have missed meeting her)
Lynette S and Joan
This fellow's quilt was made by Cathie L and you might remember me telling how Cathie L and her recipient's mother, also Cathie, met up. Apparently there are plans to meet up again. How lovely!
Lynn, quilted by Cath M
Jackie J and Jill S
Now I am a bit biased but this fellow received a quilt that was a top made by the North of the Yarra Quilt Group, that I embellished using details on a coin that he had sent me as a thank you for Aussie Heroes, even before he knew I had anything to do with his quilt. Today he found me and gave me another coin as a thank you for his quilt. What a gem!
Happiness Fairies and Joan
Now folks, this is the lovely lady who was responsible for spending much of her own time taking the many photos of people with quilts and laundry bags that we were sent. A massive job and I am indebted to her for her wonderful efforts. She received a quilt from Ruth F and a laundry bag from Julie H (who is actually deployed herself at the moment)
Ahhhh, I don't usually name the troops but no prizes for guessing who this is with one look at the lovely laundry bag she received from Pam Y. She also received a quilt from Sue N. I met her family too - they were very grateful.
And it was especially lovely to meet their little girl!!! Truly an Aussie Hero family!
Happiness Fairies and Glenys T
Julie Ann (LB only)
Leesa O'Connell and Robyn B
Queanbeyan CWA and Cath S
Sue P and Joan
Jillianne and Maree J
Jackie J and Joan
Glenda Joy and Joan
Debbie O and Jean B
Tina C and Maree J
One the left Julie Ann and on the right
Jo-Anne H and Lisa C
Kathy L and Julie H (ACT)
Stephanie D (Q and LB)
Dolphin Quilters and Pennie
Glenys T and Joan
Rowena and Julie Ann
Kaylee and Janette
Val G and Jill S
We didn't get the name for this fellow so if you recognise your quilt please let me know.
Val G and Lisa C
Rebecca and Maree J
Happiness Fairies and Maree J
Sharon Mc and Jackie Jubb
Debbie T and Julie H (ACT)
No names for this fellow either - does anyone recognise the laundry bag they made?
Jill M and Maree J
Michelle H and Jill S
Laurene and Lisa C
Queanbeyan CWA and Joan
Queanbeyand CWA and Pennie
and right at the end of the day... just as we were getting back to our cars, this lovely lady appeared having had her car park next to ours. Lisa was largely responsible, with a team of others, for keeping the HMAS Newcastle Facebook page undated constantly. What a bonus for the families. When there are 1100 family members and friends jostling to see their beloved crew member when the crew disembarks it is easy not to catch up with people. We were delighted to catch up with Lisa briefly and Wendy especially so as she had just said to me that she had made laundry bags for two girls on HMAS Newcastle and had not seen either...... until Lisa walked up! I think that rounded Wendy's day off just nicely!
I nearly missed finding the chaplain and actually forgot to get a photo of him. Thankfully Wendy actually managed to snap a photo of him with his beloved grand-daughter. I reckon this little girl does not know just how much her grandpa wanted to see her. :-)
And finally, because I know that many of you do not see Facebook.... this is a photo that I shared yesterday. I met this lovely fellow and he asked if I had seen the pic. It was sent to me straight away by text. I was assured that it has been cleared so I hope you enjoy it. Can't have you missing out just because you can't look on Facebook.
His quilt was made by Rowena and his laundry bag also made by Julie who is currently deployed herself.
OK so that is quite a nice note to end on I am sure.
Till next time...............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!